Grand Slam of Darts: Raymond van Barneveld stuns Gerwyn Price to set up semi-final showdown with Michael Smith

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All the best finishes from an epic night of quarter-finals at Wolverhampton

All the best finishes from an epic night of quarter-finals at Wolverhampton

Raymond van Barneveld produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in Grand Slam darts history to stun defending champion Gerwyn Price and set up a semi-final showdown against Michael Smith at Wolverhampton.

The 55-year-old – starring in his first televised quarter-final since November 2019 – rallied from 8-3 down to send Price packing his bags on an exhilarating Friday night at Wolverhampton.

The five-time world champion – who only came out of retirement last February – rolled back the years to inflict Price’s first defeat in a knockout tie at Aldersley Leisure Village.

First major ranking semi-final since 2017

First player to beat Gerwyn Price in a knockout match at Aldersley

Provisional seed for the world championship

Barney will face Michael Smith for a spot in Sunday night’s showpiece, after Smith rallied from 15-13 to edge Joe Cullen in a deciding final game.

Friday November 17 – Results

Quarter-finals (best of 31 legs) Michael Smith 16-15 Joe Cullen
Raymond van Barneveld 16-13 Gerwyn Award

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Van Barneveld beat Price in a thrilling group stage battle earlier in the event, and he repeated the feat to secure his place in a first Grand Slam semi-final since 2015.

The 2012 champion missed darts to win each of the first two sets, and despite getting a 10 dart to open his account, trailed Price 3-2 in the first interval with an average of 107.

The Dutch darts dean followed his third 180 with a 98 finish to tie inside 12-darts, but he paid the price for wasting two darts in round eight, as a trio of 13-darts took catapulted Price into a 7-3 lead over the Welshman. extended his winning run to five innings as he threatened to run away with the tie.

Barney landed that monster 157 at the checkout as the Dutch darts dean rolled back the years against world No. 1 Price

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Barney landed that monster 157 at the checkout as the Dutch darts dean rolled back the years against world No. 1 Price

Barney landed that monster 157 at the checkout as the Dutch darts dean rolled back the years against world No. 1 Price

But Van Barneveld launched a stunning revival, punishing seven missed doubles over three runs from Price to make it six unanswered runs, before raising the roof with a spectacular 157 finish to advance 10-8.

Van Barneveld surfed the crest of a wave, wiring the bull for a stunning 170 finish as Price finally stopped the rot, but the former Premier League champion responded with a two-dart 78 combination to restore his buffer two-legged.

RGB celebrate stunning win over Price after battling 8-3 to win Classic

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RGB celebrate stunning win over Price after battling 8-3 to win Classic

RGB celebrate stunning win over Price after battling 8-3 to win Classic

He continued his astonishing run with legs of 13 and 12 darts to extend his advantage to 13-10, and with Price faltering in the outside ring, Van Barneveld pinned the double four to move within two sets of a win. famous but Price landed three straight legs to make it 13-14, with a 12-dart break in leg 26.

However, as the world No. 1 was about to make it 14-14, Van Barneveld sank a nerveless 71 finish on the highs to drive away a leg, before firing in a stunning 13-dart to cap off an inspired display.

Raymond van Barneveld thinks he can win the Darts Grand Slam title a decade after his last success in the tournament

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Raymond van Barneveld thinks he can win the Darts Grand Slam title a decade after his last success in the tournament

Raymond van Barneveld thinks he can win the Darts Grand Slam title a decade after his last success in the tournament

“I struggled for many years, but I’m so happy right now. What a feeling,” Van Barneveld said, heading into his first ranking semi-final since the 2017 World Championship.

“I’m probably in the top five players of all time along with Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Eric Bristow and John Lowe, and everyone knows I can do it. It’s all about conviction.”

“I love playing darts, I love playing in front of this amazing crowd and I believe I can win this.”

In the opening quarter-final clash, Smith, the two-time world finalist, ran out of the blocks before suffering a mid-game slump, but fought back beautifully to prevail in a clash in roller coaster, denying Cullen a single match dart in the closing stages.

Smith enjoyed a profitable opener, hitting four 180s in as many innings to take the lead, although Cullen remained in contention after the St Helens star fended off three darts for a 4-1 lead.

“The Rockstar” then followed a clinical 116 in the sixth leg with a sublime 170 cashout to restore parity at four apiece, but Smith quickly regained control, holding on to his sensational score to advance 6-4 with an average of 110 .

Cullen cracked in that monster 170 finish against Smith - the second

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Cullen cracked in that monster 170 finish against Smith – the second “Big Fish” of the tournament

Cullen cracked in that monster 170 finish against Smith – the second “Big Fish” of the tournament

After a streak of four straight strikes, Cullen punished a slow leg from Smith to cut the deficit to 8-7, and he followed up his charge with a 13-dart break in leg 19 to lead for the first time before making seven leg eights with a superb 12-dart to lead 12-9.

Smith delivered a spirited fightback, converting 110 and 78 finishes before stopping a four-game break streak to close the gap to 13-12.

The Masters champion responded with dominant throwing holds to go to the brink of victory at 15-13, before landing two highs in leg 29 to put the pressure on Smith.

Smith won a brilliant contest with that 76 checkout in the deciding set

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Smith won a brilliant contest with that 76 checkout in the deciding set

Smith won a brilliant contest with that 76 checkout in the deciding set

However, the two-time world runner-up was up to the task, stringing together a skin-saving 70 check-out with a majestic 11-dart break to force a dramatic decisive leg.

‘Bully Boy’ had the throwing advantage in the final inning shootout, and despite Cullen shooting in a timely 11th max to set up two-dart potential, Smith sealed his progress with a finishing 76 on the highs to book their spot in the semifinals on Sunday.

Michael Smith fought back 15-13 to edge Joe Cullen in an epic semi-final

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Michael Smith fought back 15-13 to edge Joe Cullen in an epic semi-final

Michael Smith fought back 15-13 to edge Joe Cullen in an epic semi-final

“When I was 15-13 down, it was now or never,” admitted Smith, who averaged 100 and notched 14 maximums to win a Wolverhampton classic.

“I feel sorry for Joe because I love him like a brother, but someone had to lose, and I’m so glad I got to cross the line.”

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Saturday November 18 – Meetings (7 p.m.)

Quarter-finals (best of 31 legs) Nathan Aspinal versus Alan Soutar
Michel van Gerwen versus Luke Humphries

The quarter-final roster will be completed on Saturday night, as three-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on Luke Humphries, while World Grand Prix runner-up Nathan Aspinall faces debutant Alan Soutar.

Watch the Grand Slam of Darts at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton until the final on November 20 – with every session live on Sky Sports and don’t forget the World Championship is also coming to Sky Sports from December 15 to January 3 .

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